The other day, my vegan friend Bree told a story. She used to date a guy whose mother would always introduce her by saying: “This is Bree. She’s VEY-GON.”
“It was like I was from the planet Vega, in the faraway galaxy of kohlrabi,'' she says. She may as well have been—in the early days of her lifestyle change she felt “very misunderstood.”
Chances are you’ve got a vegan friend, or a few. Chances are that at some point in their lives they’ve been asked: “You won’t eat brisket, but will you have an egg?” Well, you don’t want to be any version of that person.
And if your vegan friends are anything like mine, sometimes, they need (vegan) gifts. I like to think of each occasion as an opportunity to make good on all the people who don’t totally get their life choices. But I’ll also be the first to admit it’s not always easy—my own struggle became apparent when I realized most wines aren't 100 percent vegan.
The good news is that we decided to put in the hard work for you, and sift through a universe of possibilities to get to the good stuff. So, here are 17 gifts—good looking, funny, nurturing, and thoughtful—that are perfect for vegans.
Turns out, it’s hard to know when a wine is vegan or not, but Proudly Vegan is a cinch—it is vegan right down to the inks and glues on its labels.
Soy Wax Candle (Amazon)
All-vegan, parabens and cruelty-free candles with a really long burn time—aka the best company for a relaxed night in.
Make a Donation
To charities committed to making life better for people, the planet, and animals. There are several to choose from, from the Humane Society and Animal Legal Defense Fund, to localized organizations. Chilis on Wheels, for instance, delivers free plant-based meals to communities in need.
Van Leeuwen Ice-cream
What’s better than one all-vegan ice-cream? A pack of six (that also ships nationwide). The caramelized banana nut, made with housemade raw cashew milk, is this non-vegan’s favorite.
Canvas Market Tote (Food52)
Perfect for farmers market runs, this hardy but good looking tote has a pocket for everything, and—a little seatbelt for your flowers on the outside (because no one likes a drippy tote).
Full of vegan twists on Southern soul food; author (and blogger) Jenné Claiborne had us at Bootylicious Gumbo.
VeganPower Food Pins (Etsy)
Because enamel pins will always be cool, and so will tacos. This one's for vegans who proudly wear their hearts (and tummies) on their shirt/apron/hat.
Have a meaningful conversation
Be more willing to have the kinds of empathic conversations your vegan friend is dying to have outside of her immediate vegan circle. Remember, affirming conversations go a long way in bridging boundaries.
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The Food52 Vegan Cookbook is here! With this book from Gena Hamshaw, anyone can learn how to eat more plants (and along the way, how to cook with and love cashew cheese, tofu, and nutritional yeast).